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ZHCES organises a talk by Adrienne Lee Atterberry

ZHCES organises a talk by Adrienne Lee Atterberry

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Transnational Concerted Cultivation: Parenting Practices among Elite Return Migrants in India


Adrienne Lee Atterberry

Syracuse University
The Maxwell School


About the Speaker: Adrienne Lee Atterberry is a US-based sociologist. Her research interests include international migration, parenting, and school choice. She has published work that investigates student migration between India and the USA, school switching behavior among return migrants in India, and the interconnections between parents’ aspirations for their children and school choice.


Abstract:  Through analyzing 95 interviews with Indian and first-generation Indian American return migrants, their children, and alumni of Bangalore-based high schools this presentation will highlight parenting practices among return migrants in India. I conceptualize these parenting practices as transnational concerted cultivation. The term transnational concerted cultivation is derived from the application of Annette Lareau’s concept concerted cultivation to a transnational context. There are three elements to this parenting practice: (1) raising children in their country of ethnic origin; (2) providing them with international exposure; and (3) educating them in ‘good’ primary and secondary schools. This presentation will engage with each element of transnational concerted cultivation, while paying particular attention to how highly educated, affluent parents engage with schooling options in Bangalore to ultimately select the ‘best’ school for their children.


DATE: 7 July, 2021 (Wednesday)
TIME: 4:30 pm

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